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    [align=left]We have a lattice on the west side of our house (underneath the deck) and I would like to plant a vine. It doesn't get much sun.[/align]
    [align=left]I've been searching and searching but can't come up with a vine that[/align]
    [align=left]- is OK with partial shade[/align]
    [align=left]- is not invasive[/align]
    [align=left]- is beneficial*to birds/butterflies[/align]
    [align=left]For*the soutside I have Cross Vine, honeysuckle and passionflower. Everything I looked up that would be OK in partial shade is invasive (even some native ones). I plant almost exlusively for birds/hummingbirds and butterflies but if there is a vine that is fine in partial shade and does not benefit wildlife, well, I still would like to know.[/align]
    [align=left]Any* ideas? Thanks![/align]
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    One of my favorite vines for hummers is the native honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens.* There are many named cultivars of which I grow two.* They bloom on and off in my zone 7 garden from May until hard frost and offer berries to the birds and are NOT invasive.* They can grow in part sun of 4 to 6 hours.* I grow Lonicera sempervirens 'Blanche Sandman' and Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton'.* John is yellow and they it doesn't flower as heavily as Blanche.* The hummers aren't as attracted to it either. They grow next to each other and receive the same amount of sun. * At the third site you can look at several of the named cultivars.
    http://www.floridata.com/ref/L/loni_sem.cfm
    http://www.gwf.org/resources/wildlif...pervirens.html
    http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/p...?start=L&end=L

    I was surprised this year when the hummers were sipping nectar from one of my clematis.* It has bell shaped flowers that face down and is yellow!* Go figure.* :?* Here's a list of Clematis that will grow on a north wall.
    http://store.chalkhillclematis.com/c...sforshade.html

    My yellow clematis looks like this.* If you choose something that blooms late, try and find another to grow with it that blooms in summer with the same pruning requirements.
    http://store.chalkhillclematis.com/tangrav.html

    Newt

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    [align=left]Another honeysuckle it is, then*:)[/align]
    [align=left]We'll see how it does. I think it does get more sun in spring/summer but not very much in fall/winter.[/align]
    [align=left]Those clematis you have are beautiful! If the honeysuckle doesn't do well, I'll try this kind of clematis. [/align]
    [align=left]Thanks, Newt![/align]

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    With perennial vines it can take 2 or 3 years before they establish their roots and begin to really put on a show, especially the honeysuckles, so be patient.* Fertilizing doesn't help with perennial vines as it can cause a flush of leafy growth at the expense of flowers.* So compost in the planting bed mixed in well is the key to them establishing their roots.* :)

    Newt

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    [align=left]OK thanks![/align]
    [align=left]I'll start my own compost in a few days. I ordered a compost bin (It's just a matter of putting*it together).[/align]

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    You are so very welcome!

    Newt

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